Zhao offers a quick history of China's foreign policy since 1949 and then offers a provocative assessment of it today.
Morris Kaplan, "A Queer Orientalism: Sex, Power and Cultural Difference in Backhouse’s “Memoirs”"
Morris B. Kaplan, Professor of Philosophy at Purchase College, will present his paper "A Queer Orientalism" at University of Chicago.
Morris B. Kaplan, Professor of Philosophy at Purchase College, will present his paper "A Queer Orientalism" that traces the intersections among sex, power and cultural difference in the memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse. Backhouse lived in China from 1898 until his death in 1944; he co-authored two important, controversial studies of Chinese politics during and after the Boxer Rebellion. His two unpublished book-length manuscripts that Kaplan works with, “The Dead Past” and “Manchu Decadence,” tell the story of erotic and political adventures in fin du siecle Europe and in Beijing during the last decade of the Manchu dynasty. He places himself near the center of the court of the Dowager Empress during the years 1989-1908 and claims extensive interaction with her and with her most important advisors. Backhouse is virulently anti-British and positions himself as an anti-imperialist. Very learned in Chinese history and culture, he attempts to appropriate an indigenous tradition of same-sex love while holding onto a certain erotic privilege as a “foreign devil”. More fantasy than history, Backhouse’s “memoirs” display vicissitudes of desire and cultural interaction in a distinctively queer and oriental(ist) context.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai: Openness, inclusion and fairness essential at home and as principles in dealing with China
Resilience, inclusion and communication central in her remarks
The Dragon Roars Back – Mao, Deng and Xi Jinping and China’s evolving relations with the world - Zhao Suisheng 赵穗生, University of Denver
Join us for a book talk with Suisheng Zhao on how Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Xi Jinping each conceived and executed radically different approaches to China's relations with others.